Serving size

about 1 cup
180 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied, makes great leftovers and is good cold or hot.



2 pound Beets, raw
2 tsp. Olive oil
1 large White onions (diced)
5 cup Water
1/2 lemon yields Lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper
8 Tbsp. Reduced fat sour cream
4 Tbsp. Fresh dill


Wash the beets well. Wrap in aluminum foil. Place in the oven and set the temperature to 325°F. Roast for 60 minutes. Remove and let cool. Peel the beets and set aside 1/2 pound.

Place the olive oil a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Chop the remaining 1 1/2 pound of peeled beets into large dice. Add to the pan with the onions. Add the water, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Cover, and when the soup begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium low so that it is simmering.

Cook for about 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the soup is cooking, dice the remaining beets into 1/3 inch cubes. Chill.

When the soup is done, let it cool and then puree smooth. Add the cubed beets and chill the soup.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top each serving with a tablespoon of sour cream and sprinkle of fresh dill.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

No specific GERD triggers.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant if you omit the sour cream.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

You either like beets or you don’t, but this soup is fantastic. You can serve it chilled or hot – summer or winter – although we love ours chilled on a hot summer’s day. The best part is that at less then 100 calories this is really filling and satisfying.

"The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious."

Tom Robbins, Author